Ali met improv at a WIT beginner’s class during a mildly dark time of her life fifteen years ago. That first night there was a lot laughter, the heart-warming change-up your life kind.
Ali, then a power-suited full time corporate weasel, had only signed up to the community night school class to help improve her public speaking skills. Quite soon she ran off to art school, and then started making masks after attending a Loose Moose summer improv school in Canada. Since then she has performed in, photographed and produced improv shows, built puppets, a gorilla and a small tardis. She’s also led workshops for emergency management staff, mask-makers, university students, social support groups and NZ Improv Festival participants, as well as regularly teaching new improvisers in the very same space she took that very first class.
She’s currently a Creative Director for WIT (The Wellington Improvisation Troupe), and convener of the meetup group for very casual improvisors, Wimprov.